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Community Conversations: Imparting Wisdom in the Circle City

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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Educational leaders, teachers, and parent advocates from across the city will convene virtually, on Tuesday, March 9, from 6:00-7:30 pm EST, to discuss how Indianapolis’ K-12 education can learn from lessons revealed in a recent UNCF study about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The report, Imparting Wisdom: HBCU Lessons for K-12 Educationis a call to action on issues and a platform for engagement and exploration of the role of African American leaders and voices – specifically HBCUs – in education reform efforts.

A diverse panel of national and local educational leaders – many of whom also attended an HBCU – will facilitate the conversation. A group of parent advocates and local students will also provide insight and help guide the discussion.



Speakers and panelists include:

Moderators: Sekou Biddle, Vice President of K-12 Advocacy, UNCF and co-author of Imparting Wisdom and Shannon Williams, Senior Vice President of Community Engagement, The Mind Trust

Dr. Meredith Anderson, Director of Research and co-author of Imparting Wisdom

Imparting Wisdom: HBCU Lessons for K-12 Education

Panelists include:

  • Ma’at Lands, Founding Executive Director, Rooted School Indianapolis
  • Dr. Nathalie M. Henderson, Indianapolis Public Schools, Chief School Officer
  • Patrick Jones, Senior Vice President of Leadership and Equity, The Mind Trust
  • Alicia Hervey, Founder and Executive Director, The PATH School

After Chat: An Educator Community Conversation:

Moderated by: Ontay Johnson, Executive Director, EmpowerED Families

  • Sarah Tekolste, Spanish Teacher & Service Learning Coordinator at Shortridge High School
  • Kim Neal, Founder and Executive Director, BELIEVE High School
  • Megan Kuykendall, English Department Chair, Pike High School

This conversation is part of a series of community discussions hosted by The Mind Trust and UNCF to engage the community in conversations around improving public education in Indianapolis. To learn more about The Mind Trust and UNCF partnership, click here.

How can I contact the organizers with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact aimpink@uncf.org or lpeterson@themindtrust.org.


March 9
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm